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codeine

available over the counter: no

uses: mild to moderate pain

mechanism of action: acts at brain and spinal cord level

side effects

  • commom: dizziness, light headedness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, itching
  • less common: headache, sweating, euphoria

concerns: may cause physical dependence, with withdrawl symptoms when the medication is discontinued

 

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